Angie Motshekga: Forgive the ANC, we love you

2014-04-27 06:00

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ANC Women’s League leader Angie Motshekga has urged South Africans to be patient with the ANC.

“Forgive us where we wronged you. Don’t be angry and decide to abandon the ANC because you are the ANC. By abandoning the ANC, you are abandoning yourself,” she said.

Motshekga ended her five-day campaign in Limpopo at an ANC prayer meeting held at Nkowankowa Stadium outside Tzaneen in Limpopo yesterday.

Motshekga joined the chorus of party leaders and loyalists who have, alongside campaigning, been hard at work to defend the Nkandla saga.

Read: Jacob Zuma: ‘Nkandla, Nkandla is all they can say’

Addressing a crowd of mostly league members, Motshekga, who is also basic education minister, said the ANC was the best thing to happen to South Africa.

“There’s nothing that happened in this country which is bigger than the ANC,” she said.

Motshekga said she listened to issues raised by the communities during her campaign.

“A number of issues were raised, including infrastructure, whereby people still want the ANC to build them roads, provide water and sanitation, and finalise the electrification programme. Lots of issues, including corruption, were also raised,” she said.

Motshekga said the ruling party had achieved a lot in the past 20 years – and in the last five years in particular – but acknowledged that more needed to be done.

She thanked the Limpopo people for their support and loyalty to the party.

Limpopo has produced the second-biggest percentage win for the ANC in the past elections, but this was widely expected to change, considering the arrival of newcomers EFF and Agang SA, as well as what has been sold as notable growth for the DA.

Despite the changes in the political landscape, Motshekga expressed confidence that the ANC was coming back to govern.

“The ANC is not only ready to govern, but is capable of governing. The ANC is returning to government and we need to get ready and think of how we’ll serve our people better,” she said.

“We can say as the ANC that [after 20 years] we understand our people well. We’re not taking people’s votes for granted. We’re committed to serving as servants of the people.”

Motshekga said she was given assurances during her interactions with the communities of Limpopo that they were going to vote ANC.

“People assured us that they will vote for the ANC, but raised issues, which they want us to work on. We’ve heard you, and we commit to continue to respect and love you. The ANC is a humble, respectful and loving organisation,” she said.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma was expected to address a national May Day rally in Polokwane, which will also be addressed by Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini as well as SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande.

This will be Zuma’s second visit to Limpopo in about two weeks following a week of campaigning across the province last week.

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